Calls For Australian – Style Points System For UK
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is being called on to introduce an Australian-style points system to appease Brexit voters by two former cabinet members.
Under the Australian immigration system applicants must be under 50-years-old and reach a minimum of 60 points gained by fulfilling a number of requirements including age, skills, qualifications and work history.
In an interview with The Telegraph Theresa Villiers, the outgoing Northern Ireland secretary, said the UK had voted to end the “open door” policy and matching those who wanted to live in the UK to “skills shortages” was a “sensible way to have a reformed immigration system.”
Iain Duncan Smith, former work and pensions secretary, said he also believed in a points system, adding: “It is my view that we will have left the EU by the time of the next election which means we have to have a system in place that controls migration.”
Mrs Villiers said she thought the system should be in place by 2020 and this was an “achievable and sensible goal.”
According to the Telegraph at least five cabinet ministers are believed to support introducing a points-based system.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has stated that her goal is to bring immigration down to “sustainable levels” without saying exactly how this is to be done.
The prime minister has said the UK will not start official talks on leaving the EU this year.